By Beth Cox
The beauty of the majestic sky and the cool air of fall made anxious fans pause for a moment and appreciate the natural surroundings of Friday night football at North Greene High School in Baileyton.
The night would continue to be as awesome at the night sky with the Longhorns putting the Huskies back in the doghouse and one player making history for Johnson County.
Jenna Horner was celebrating with the rest of the team, the touchdown by Will Henson, until she heard the words that both terrified and thrilled her, “Jenna, Jenna, go kick.” Once Horner ran on to the field, the Longhorn fans got loud. The crowd was clapping and yelling for the junior. Horner took her position, kicked the ball, but did not make it. Shortly after, the opportunity would present itself once again.
Confident of her ability, coach Michael McNutt called for the only female player on the team to kick a field goal.
Horner ran back out, gathered her thoughts, took a deep breath, and kicked the ball. But this time, the kick was good, and the ball spun right over the goal.
The Longhorn fans went wild, and Horner made history. The female kicker excitedly exclaimed,” It’s really shocking to know I’m the first female to score for Johnson County football.” She continues, “I get really excited and nervous at the same time whenever they call me to kick because I know I can do it; I’m just afraid of messing up.”
Horner decided to play football when she was eleven years old because it looked fun. She asked her parents if she could play, through their confusion of why she wanted to play, they agreed and supported her throughout her football journey.
Horner is a tough player on and off the field. At first, she had a difficult time fitting in with the boys, but over time they now feel like family to her. She states, “we have a lot of fun, but I also feel I have to work twice as hard to prove myself, but the boys are great, they respect me and
treat me like I’m their sister in this big family we have, which helps me not to get too down on myself.”
With an example of grit and determination, this young record breaker has opened the doors for others to live without boundaries and work hard to make a dream become a reality.